The psychology Major at Krea will provide a strong foundation for students through a range of theories and pluralistic approaches undergirding psychology as a modern scientific discipline. This programme will present to the students both mainstream and newly emerging critical perspectives in the field. The unique interwoven approach at Krea will allow students to explore the deeply interconnected strands of theories beyond the environs of psychology. With a strong focus on being able to engage such disciplines as philosophy, history and social studies, the programme will provide Krea students a first year of carefully thought out core and skills courses including ethics, data analytics, writing, philosophical perspectives, social and historical concepts, creative expressions, computational thinking that informs that deeply informs the psychology curriculum. In other words, students will be actively encouraged to bring in their knowledge and experiences from other disciplines and courses to bear upon their learning process in psychology.
Our overarching purpose is to equip students with a broad and humane perspective for a life of inquiry, creativity, and critical and analytical thinking. This will be achieved through critically informed and reflective teaching, research and community responsiveness.
The Psychology major at Krea is designed to train students not just to question and put studies to scrutiny, but also to develop a robust understanding of what works and how we build testable hypotheses to think about human behaviour and mind. The guiding principles of the curriculum development are contextualised research, ethical rigour, scientific integrity and decolonising psychological science.
Each trimester of the undergraduate program in psychology is carefully curated to ensure that the courses offered in that term are in critical conversations with each other. In the process, students will become familiar with the diverse streams of thought and studies in psychology. Exploring, understanding, critiquing and building psychological thought, theories, and methods within psychology and from related disciplines, the programme will provide students a foundation to work in their third year in specific streams of psychology and develop a research project for their capstone thesis. Krea students will learn the fundamentals of evidence-based psychological science, parsing credible sources, combining qualitative and quantitative research methods, running simple quasi-experimental studies, developing an ethics of field work (including learning the process of getting studies approved by ethics committees), learning to write about psychology within the academic conventions of an APA/MLA format, and gaining enough critical knowledge and creativity to craft journalistic pieces for public understanding based on research-based studies without being reductive or misleading about the data and/or findings.
In the Psychology Honours degree, a student will earn 60 credits by completing thirteen courses as well as a capstone project. The division of course-work is as follows:
In the Psychology Minor programme, a student will earn 28 credits and complete seven courses. The division of course-work is as follows: